04/17/14 10:00am

Hooffs Run Park basketball court in Alexandria Virginia

The City of Alexandria’s Department of Recreation, Parks and Cultural Activities is renovating the basketball court at Stevenson Park; the basketball court at Eugene Simpson Stadium Park; the tennis court at Hooffs Run Park and Greenway; and the multi-use court at Mount Jefferson Park. Residents will see equipment in use and crews at work during the daytime.

  • Stevenson Park, 300 Stultz Rd.
    • Planned Work: the court will be resurfaced and recolored. Please note that the new asphalt must cure for two weeks after installation before new lines and color can be applied.
    • Date of Work: scheduled to take place between April 21 and May 21
  • Mount Jefferson Park, 301 Hume Ave.
    • Planned Work: the court will be resurfaced and recolored. Please note that the new asphalt must cure for two weeks after installation before new lines and color can be applied.
    • Date of Work: scheduled to take place between April 28 and May 28
  • Eugene Simpson Stadium Park, 426 E. Monroe Ave.
    • Planned Work: the court will be resurfaced, recolored, and new goals will be installed. Please note that the new asphalt must cure for two weeks after installation before new lines and color can be applied.
    • Date of Work: scheduled to take place between May 12 and June 12
  • Hooffs Run Park and Greenway, 28A E. Linden St.
    • Planned Work: the court will be resurfaced, recolored, and fencing will be installed. Please note that the new asphalt must cure for two weeks after installation before new lines and color can be applied.
    • Date of Work: scheduled to take place between May 12 and June 12

Signs will be posted onsite with construction information. For your safety, please use extra caution when moving around the site.

For more information or if you have questions about the work, contact Ty Specht, Construction Manager, at 202.266.3426.

For additional information on City park improvement activities, call the Department of Recreation, Parks and Cultural Activities at 703.746.4343.

04/17/14 9:45am

North Old Town Alexandria Virginia

UPDATED (11:15 AM): The post title originally said the 1960s. A reader noted that the turret style building on the corner of Washington Street and Powhatan Street (at the start of the fork you see in the picture) was not there as early as 1972. I re-checked the photo array and have updated the post based on his comments.

Vincent wrote:

that corner section with the steeple was not there in 68 69 or 1972 when i left alexandria and went in the Navy . . .

Via the Library of Congress, here’s an aerial view of the northern end of Old Town Alexandria. Virginia taken during a historic American landscape survey of the area that started in the late 1960s.

What looks the same to you now? What is in the area now that is not in the photo below? Discuss in the comments below.

04/16/14 5:45pm

Green Dental in Old Town Alexandria, Virginia

Last June, I told you that the Green Dental of Alexandria office has opened up right across Duke Street from Carlyle in King Street Station across from the Whole Foods Market @ 1725 Duke St, suite GR 03.

Just wanted to remind you that Green Dental offers free whitening (for new patients only). See the previous post on this.

04/16/14 3:30pm

Metrorail train arriving at King Street Metro

After a four-week hiatus for cherry blossoms, Metro will resume track work once again this weekend.

Via WMATA

Red Line

Red Line trains will operate as follows from 10 p.m. Friday through closing Sunday:

  • Between Shady Grove & Glenmont: Every 15 minutes throughout the weekend
  • Between Van Ness & NoMa-Gallaudet: Every 8-10 minutes from 9AM-9PM only

Work Performed: Rail fastener and insulator renewal between Van Ness and Friendship Heights; fence and light pole replacement between NoMa-Gallaudet and Rhode Island Avenue.

Orange Line

Orange Line trains will operate as follows from 10 p.m. Friday through closing Sunday:

  • Between Vienna & Stadium-Armory: Every 15 minutes throughout the weekend
  • Between New Carrollton & Cheverly: Every 15 minutes throughout the weekend

Stations Closed: Minnesota Ave and Deanwood

Free shuttle buses will replace Orange Line trains between Stadium-Armory and Cheverly. Shuttle buses will operate on two routes:

  • Express Buses will operate non-stop between Stadium-Armory and Cheverly. Add 25 minutes of travel time.
  • Local Buses will operate between Stadium-Armory and Cheverly, making intermediate stops at Minnesota Ave and Deanwood. Please allow 10 minutes of travel time for each station stop.

Work Performed: Crews will continue tunnel rehabilitation at Stadium-Armory, platform renewal at Minnesota Ave, and improvements to track infrastructure including rail joint elimination along with rail tie, fastener, grout pad and insulator renewal.

Last Train Time Change: The last Orange Line train of the night from New Carrollton to Cheverly will depart 27 minutes earlier than normal to allow for shuttle bus connections. On Friday and Saturday nights, the last train will leave New Carrollton at 2:09 a.m., and on Sunday, the last train will leave New Carrollton at 11:09 p.m.

Blue Line

Blue Line trains will operate as follows from 10 p.m. Friday through closing Sunday:

  • Between Franconia-Springfield & Stadium-Armory: Every 15 minutes throughout the weekend
  • Between Largo Town Center & Addison Road: Every 15 minutes throughout the weekend

Stations Closed: Benning Road and Capitol Heights

Free shuttle buses will replace Blue Line trains between Stadium-Armory and Addison Road.
Shuttle buses will operate between Stadium-Armory and Addison Road, making intermediate stops at Benning Road and Capitol Heights. Please allow 10 minutes of travel time for each station stop (30 min travel time total).

Work Performed: Crews will continue tunnel rehabilitation at Stadium-Armory and improvements to track infrastructure – including rail joint elimination along with rail tie, fastener, grout pad and insulator renewal.

Last Train Time Change: The last Blue Line train of the night from Largo Town Center to Benning Road will depart 15 minutes earlier than normal to allow for shuttle bus connections. On Friday and Saturday nights, the last train will leave Largo Town Center at 2:09 a.m., and on Sunday, the last train will leave Largo Town Center at 11:09 p.m.